Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2010

A Los Angeles surgeon whose recent victory in an employment lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center raised questions about the safety of the patients he once saw there was ordered this week to pay a Maryland patient and his wife $800,600 in a malpractice case. The malpractice occurred after Hrayr Shahinian, MD, left Cedars-Sinai in 2006. In the ruling, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger said Shahinian committed fraud when he performed an inappropriate surgery on the man and then altered a pathology report to cover up his failure to remove a tumor, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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